This morning I arose early with the expectation that I would head into the office earlier than normal. I had planned on clearing all the little projects from my desk that seem to always be brushed aside. As I was getting ready to get in the shower, I heard a tiny giggle from the crib where our 9 month old daughter was. My wife picked up our daughter and hugged and kissed her. She turned her towards me and I was met with the most amazing and beautiful little smile. My heart melted. Plans changed.
Gently I took her and held her and kissed her. She beamed! Her beautiful brown eyes danced like a ballet as she kissed me back! My heart was pounding with the intensely deep love that I have for my children and our little daughter this particular morning. We sat on the bed and she crawled over me multiple times giggling. She would scoot next to me and lay her head on my chest. The world outside stopped. I spent the next hour playing on the bed, everything from hide and seek under the blankets to peek a boo to singing nursery rhymes. My heart swelled with love and joy as we played. She soon became sleepy again, she had woken earlier than usual, and she was soon fast asleep on my lap. I gently placed her back in bed and continued getting ready for work, to arrive at the usual time.
I found myself reflecting much about this morning and my precious time with my daughter. My thoughts turned the the simple tender moments in life and how it is in these moments that we have the greatest joy in our lives. Our lives are spent racing against deadlines, running to appointments and working long hours just to survive. We fill up the little precious time that is remaining plugged into ipods, social media, television and what I call NOISE. We are barraged by distractions and interruptions in our day to day lives. Some is placed upon us by work, some by ourselves and some by other people. Many of us chase dreams in the search for the ever elusive joy and happiness that is our deepest desire to feel.
I asked myself what other simple joys in life can bring such happiness and peace that I felt this morning playing with my daughter, For me, it can be a time with my dear children, a quiet hike in the mountains, the fall colors, the peaceful breeze the ocean waves against a sandy shoreline, and many many more.
When I unplug from all the outside distractions and reflect upon what brings the greatest peace into my life, it’s simple. The simple things. It’s not the money, the career, the car, the house, social circles etc… It is my children and the quiet times with them as well as the simple things in nature. The simple things in life bring the greatest opportunities for me to reconnect with myself, my family and my God, all things that in the end provide the joy in my life. The truly deep joy and happiness that I seek, the kind that energizes my soul are all the simple things.
Today was a reminder to me of the simple things, taking time to unplug and focus, if even for a minute on the things that matter in life. I am grateful that I have always been grounded enough to understand that my children truly bring me the joy and happiness that nothing else can. They are and always will be a top priority, right next to my dear beloved wife. These priorities prepared me the make the right decision this morning, a morning where I was filled with that immeasurable joy, the office could wait, my daughter couldn’t, and it was that choice the provided me the joy I would not have felt otherwise!